Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Draft Would Force Canada To Rework Copyright, Block Access To Certain Websites

Sunday, August 9, 2015
By Paul Martin

By Zach Dubinsky
CBC News
Aug 07, 2015

Canada would have to massively overhaul its Copyright Act just a few years after the last round of painstaking amendments, critics warn, if a secret trade and investment deal the government is negotiating is adopted with the terms outlined in a leaked draft from May that was made public this week.

What appears to be a working draft of parts of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, or TPP, was posted online this week by a U.S. non-governmental organization, Knowledge Ecology International, which describes itself as advocating for “access to knowledge and access to affordable medicines through intellectual property reform.”

The text posted online includes terms that would require countries to criminalize certain types of copyright infringement and to force internet service providers and search engines to take down alleged copyright-violating material or even links to it.

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